The Duchess of Cambridge attended the special unveiling of a giant blue whale skeleton at the Natural History Museum with naturalist Sir David Attenborough last night.
The 35-year-old royal—who looked understated in a pale blue Preen dress and black Prada heels—delivered a speech as patron of the museum, and was among the first to view the huge 83-foot skeleton as it was hung from the ceiling in the newly refurbished Hintze Hall.
Addressing guests at the event, Kate spoke about her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte's love for the museum.
"Like many of you here tonight, I remember visiting the Natural History Museum as a child, and being inspired with a love of nature," she said. "And now, as a parent myself, I am experiencing the joy all over again with my own children, who adore coming here—and it is not just to see the T-Rex, mind you. Who could fail to be inspired standing here in this wonderful hall. It is so fitting to see the ocean now taking center stage, with many other marine specimens as star attraction in this splendid Hintze Hall."
The whale skeleton has replaced Dippy the Diplodocus, which first went on display in 1979. Meanwhile, Hintze Hall will reopen to the public today after six months of refurbishment.
Kate's public engagement at the South Kensington museum comes a day after her attendance at the Queen's state banquet at Buckingham Palace, which was held in honor of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain.